Wombwell and McCormack Land on NCCSIA All-State Team
December 16, 2010
RALEIGH, N.C. – Eleven student-athletes representing eight institutions were selected to the eighth annual North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA) College Division All-State women’s soccer team. Junior midfielder Catherine Hauck from Lenoir-Rhyne University was the highest vote getter in all positions. Alyssa Wombwell and Sara McCormack represent Pfeiffer University on this year's squad. The team consists of student-athletes from NCAA Division II and Division III colleges and universities throughout the state. North Carolina sports information professionals submitted nominees and NCCSIA members selected the teams.
The All-State unit consists of one goalkeeper, three defenders, four midfielders, and three forwards. All student-athletes involved with ties in the voting process were included on the All-State team.
The team is highlighted by three members from Lenoir-Rhyne University and two from Pfeiffer University. Belmont Abbey College, Mars Hill College, Methodist University, Mt. Olive College, Salem College and the University of North Carolina at Pembroke all gained NCCSIA All-State selections.
Caitlin Scruggs from Lenoir-Rhyne University took a close race in the balloting at goalkeeper. The sophomore from Torrance, Calif. Native led the Bears between the pipes and a 0.44 goals against average in 1,435 minutes played including nine shutouts. Scruggs, a 2010 First-Team All-South Atlantic Conference and NSCAA All-Southeast Region pick was also named to the 2010 Food Lion SAC All-Tournament squad. She tallied a 12-1-2 record this year and led the South Atlantic Conference in goals-against average (0.44), save percentage (.897) and shutouts (nine).
The midfield position was led by Catherine Hauck from Lenoir-Rhyne University as the overall top vote getter. Hauck, a junior from Lake Mary, Fla. was recently was voted to the earned 2010 NSCAA/Performance Subaru Women's Soccer NCAA Division II All-America first team and NCAA Division II Daktronics All-American third team. Hauck was a First-Team All-Southeast Region selection by both Daktronics and NSCAA and was named the 2010 South Atlantic Conference Player of the Year. Hauck, who finished the year with a team-leading nine goals and 21 points, was also named the 2010 Food Lion SAC Tournament Most Valuable Player and has been a three-time all-conference (2008-10) and two-time all-region pick (2009-10). She also helped Lenoir-Rhyne advance to the NCAA Division II Elite Eight and tied for the team lead in goals this year with nine to go along with 21 points.
Rounding out the midfielder are Alyssa Wombwell from Pfeiffer University, Danielle Minichello from Methodist University and Salem College’s Anna Trakas.
Wombwell, the junior from Pfeiffer University and native of Grand Blanc, Mich. is the only returner from the 2009 NCCSIA All-State Team. Wombwell put in team high nine goals with six assists leading Pfeiffer University to the Conference Carolinas tournament championship. Wombwell registered a hat trick in a 5-2 win over Erskine adding a pair of two-goal games in wins over Limestone and Barton. In the 10 games where Wombwell netted a goal and/or assist, the Lady Falcons went 9-1. Wombwell garnered player of the week honors in week two and was named a first-team all-conference performer.
Minichello, the junior from Eden, N.C. helped to led Methodist University to an 11-7-1 record. She scored a team high 11 goals for the Monarchs while adding two assists. Minichello earned USA South First Team All-Conference honors as well as scoring four game-winning goals. She also netted a hat trick against Peace College.
Freshman Anna Trakas of Salem College complete the honors at midfield. The native of Tryon, N.C. helped to lead Salem to a 15-3 record. Trakas was second in the Great South Athletic Conference in assists with 11. She earned spots on the 2010 Great South All-Conference team and the Great South All-Freshman team. She was a major contributor in helping Salem lead the conference in goals per game (4.30) and was third in the nation (DIII) for goals per game at the end of the regular season.
The three forwards named to the team were led in the voting by Sarah Porter from Mount Olive College. The freshman from Havelock, N.C. had 20 goals and five assists for a whopping 45 points on the season. Porter was named a Daktronics Division II All-America Honorable Mention, All-Southeast Region First Team, All-Conference Carolinas First Team and Conference Carolinas Freshman of the Year. She ranks 4th in nation (NCAA II) in goals and 9th in nation in points. Against Converse College she scored a school record five goals in one game. She also scored at least one goal in each of final eight matches of the season.
Sophomore Anna Svensson from the University Of North Carolina at Pembroke, a native of Norrkoping, Sweden, also earned a spot at forward. She scored 17 goals and five assists and led the Braves to a 16-4-2 record. She was named Daktronics all-region and to the Peach Belt Conference all-conference team in 2009 and 2010. This season her recorded 17 goals was 2nd in UNCP history. She is a 2009 PBC Presidential Honor Roll selection and a four-time PBC Player of the Week honoree.
Senior Abby Martin from Mars Hill College rounds out the honorees at forward. The Greer, S.C. native helped to lead the Lions to a 9-7-2 record. Martin was voted Daktronics All-Southeast Region first team and All-South Atlantic Conference first team. She led the conference in goals (16), goals per game (0.94), game-winning goals (5), points (37) and points per game (2.18). Set also school records for most career goals (39) and points (92). Martin also won the SAC Scholar Athlete Award for second year in a row and was named to ESPN Academic All-District III first team.
The defender position was topped by junior Casey McDonnell from Lenoir-Rhyne University. The Toms River, N.J. native helped to lead the Bears to a school-record 19-2-2 mark this year and an appearance in the NCAA Division II Elite Eight in addition to capturing both the SAC Regular Season and Tournament Championships. She is a 2010 All-South Atlantic Conference and Daktronics All-Southeast Region First-Team honoree. McDonnell has also garnered second-team all-region honors by NSCAA and helped Lenoir-Rhyne limit its opponents to just 14 goals in 23 games including 11 shutouts.
Senior Sara McCormack from Pfeiffer University and a native of Charlotte, N.C. also earned defender honors. She anchored a defense that registered eight shutouts on the year including a school-record streak of seven-straight shutouts to end the regular season and start the playoffs. McCormack and the Lady Falcon defense had a 758:58 span without allowing a single goal to the opponents. On top of stellar defensive play, McCormack scored the lone goal in a 1-0 win at Queens in the tournament semifinals with a 40-yard shot. McCormack is also a first-team all-conference member.
Kristin Voirin from Belmont Abbey College rounds out the team at defender. The senior from Winter Park, Fla. was a first-team all-conference selection and led the team to a 17-2-3 record. She scored three goals while helping anchor a defense that is third nationally in shutout percentage and sixth in goals against average.
Founded in 2002, NCCSIA is comprised of sports information professionals from NCAA Division I, II, III, NAIA and independent institutions from the state of North Carolina. The organization seeks to promote collegiate athletics and student-athletes at all schools. Membership is open to anyone affiliated with a college, university or conference located in North Carolina, and whose area of responsibility lies within sports information.
NCSSIA selects All-State teams for men's and women's soccer, volleyball, men’s and women’s basketball, softball and baseball on the College (Division II, III, NAIA) and University (Division I) levels. More than 650 student-athletes have been recognized on NCCSIA All-State teams since 2003.
The 2010 NCCSIA College Division Women’s Soccer All State Team – College Division
Goalkeeper: Caitlin Scruggs, Lenoir-Rhyne University
Defender: Casey McDonnell, Lenoir-Rhyne University
Defender: Kristin Voirin, Belmont Abbey College
Defender: Sara McCormack, Pfeiffer University
Midfielder: Catherine Hauck, Lenoir-Rhyne University
Midfielder: Alyssa Wombwell, Pfeiffer University&
Midfielder: Danielle Minichello, Methodist University
Midfielder: Anna Trakas, Salem College
Forward: Sarah Porter, Mount Olive College
Forward: Anna Svensson, University Of North Carolina At Pembroke
Forward: Abby Martin, Mars Hill College
& - 2009 All-State Selection